Business Standard

Probe launched into baby's death after polio drops

Topics
Law Crime

IANS  |  Lucknow 

Authorities in Uttar Pradesh's Banda district have launched a probe into the death of a nine-month-old baby allegedly after she was given polio drops, officials said on Thursday.

Based on a complaint by the victim's family, District Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Santosh Kumar issued directives to seal the vial which was used for administering the drops.

He however, said that so far no such reports have surfaced wherein the polio drops were found contaminated or infected, which could be fatal.

The probe was ordered after Surya Kumar Shukla alleged that soon after his daughter Ishita was given the polio drops by a health worker at their home on Wednesday, she developed breathlessness and by the time she was rushed to the hospital, she died.

According to District Immunisation Officer B.P. Verma, staffers Usha Singh and Bhagwan Babu administered the polio drops to five other children but no one else complained of any side effects.

The investigation will also determine whether the ice box carrying the polio drop vials were in good condition.

District Magistrate Heera Lal met the family and assured a full investigation into the incident. "There has been no precedence of this kind, but an expert committee is being constituted and it will probe all angles."

--IANS

md/ksk/bc

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

Dear Reader,


Business Standard has always strived hard to provide up-to-date information and commentary on developments that are of interest to you and have wider political and economic implications for the country and the world. Your encouragement and constant feedback on how to improve our offering have only made our resolve and commitment to these ideals stronger. Even during these difficult times arising out of Covid-19, we continue to remain committed to keeping you informed and updated with credible news, authoritative views and incisive commentary on topical issues of relevance.
We, however, have a request.

As we battle the economic impact of the pandemic, we need your support even more, so that we can continue to offer you more quality content. Our subscription model has seen an encouraging response from many of you, who have subscribed to our online content. More subscription to our online content can only help us achieve the goals of offering you even better and more relevant content. We believe in free, fair and credible journalism. Your support through more subscriptions can help us practise the journalism to which we are committed.

Support quality journalism and subscribe to Business Standard.

Digital Editor

First Published: Thu, March 14 2019. 15:08 IST
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU
RECOMMENDED FOR YOU